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Africans Criticise Donald Trump For Racism, Ignorance Over "Shithole" Remark

Africans Criticise Donald Trump For Racism, Ignorance Over

Trump was widely reported on Thursday to have questioned in a meeting with lawmakers why the United States should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than from places such as Norway.

On Friday, Mr Trump ignored press questions about the issue as he signed a proclamation declaring a holiday in honour of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr - as presidents do every year.

Donald Trump has tried to quell a storm over his reported criticism of immigration from "shithole countries" - a slur slammed as racist around the world.

Durbin said that for Graham "to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it".

"You got the fact that he grew up in the construction business and went to military school", said Shreve, who has a background in construction and said he related to Trump's word choice.

According sources in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and lawmakers, the President referred to Africa, saying, "why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?"

Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited the White House Wednesday.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.

A White House official said Trump also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically. "If someone should be ashamed it should be Trump", said Michel Aubry, 38, who lost his left foot when his house collapsed during the 2010 natural disaster. Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, came a day after they were in a meeting where the president reportedly used a disparaging expletive to refer to some developing countries such as Haiti and El Salvador.

"He said 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country".

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Trump then denied he said "anything derogatory" about Haitians or Haiti except that it's a "very poor and troubled country".

"President Trump called on Congress to solve the DACA challenge".

GOP leaders mostly stayed quiet but more moderate Republicans reacted sharply against President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about "shithole" countries in Africa during a White House meeting Thursday.

South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said that if Trump really did use those words it would be "disappointing".

"No longer can Members of Congress, particularly Republicans, stand with such a risky, disturbed, and deceitful man who is a threat to everything for which America, the greatest democracy on earth, stands", Waters said in a statement.

Condemning the comments "in the strongest terms", the group demanded "a retraction of the comment as well as an apology, not only to the Africans, but to all people of African descent around the globe".

Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.

Durbin said Graham immediately spoke up against Trump's comments, and he commended the Republican senator for doing so.

The Western New York Refugee and Asylee Consortium consider the comments attributed to the President "inappropriate across the board".